Sep 222016
 

Thank you to all who attended our first fundraising group of this term. 

The key positions have now been allocated. 

We would like to invite more parent/carers to share their ideas on future fundraising activities. 

Please come along to the Family Centre on Wednesday, 28th September at 13:00pm, all welcome. 

If you cannot attend but have any suggestions for fundraising please see Mrs Armstrong or Mrs Robertson.

Sep 212016
 

Madras Family Centre will be closed on Friday, 23rd and Monday, 26th September for September break. 
We will reopen as normal on Tuesday, 27th September.  
The Madras Staff Team would like to wish you all a happy September break.
Sep 202016
 

If you require to purchase holiday wrap during the October break please see Mrs Armstrong. 

If you have chosen holiday provision for your 600 hours contract and wish to use some of your 30 hours during the October break please also come to the office.

Thanks

 

Sep 152016
 

Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases which can strike in minutes.  Under fives are the age group most at risk of contracting meningitis and septicaemia.  We believe it is vital to spread awareness and would ask that you follow the link below to learn about the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

www.meningitis.org

Sep 132016
 

Since returning from our Summer break our Woodland Explorers has resumed.

Below we have lots of pictures of what we have been doing.

Red and Purple Group

Our first outdoor week was very exciting and we participated in so many fun experiences.

  • We worked together in the mud kitchen.
  • We chose to make and use dens and secret hideouts.
  • We used a variety of equipment to help us explore and investigate; binoculars and torches are particularly popular choices.
  • We chose to paint pictures in our outdoor classroom.
  • We even had snack outside!

We have been able to make our own choices within our play outdoors and have lots more wonderful ideas to take forward.

We have started to put together a large group journal to record our experiences and findings outdoors and look forward to filling the pages with our ideas, thoughts, feelings and activities.

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Yellow and Orange Group

The children enjoyed exploring outdoors, they made grass soup using grass, petals and leaves whilst making their own recipes.  They also made their own kites out of paper to fly in the wind.

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Zander  –  “Writing on paper with Holly – what would you like?”

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Jasmine  –  “Liam’s got paper and is rubbing it on the grass”   “I’m writing a recipe for my soup – tomato soup”

 

Blue, Green and Pink Groups

This was our first opportunity to use the Woodland Explorer area this term.  Children explored the area independently before being asked what they would like to develop.  The children were given opportunities to carry out their chosen suggestions and also participated in lots more experiences including, painting and collage with natural materials, making stars to hang in the outdoor classroom, making an ice bowl and splashing in puddles.

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Boyd  –  “Make a gnome house with leaves”

Jamie J – “Build a tent”

Ava – “Autumn”

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Leo – “Use binoculars to look for slugs and creatures”

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Abigail  –  “Climb trees”

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Olive – “Look for spiders and ladybugs with torches”

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Lacey – “Find snails”

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Amelie, Cora and Jessica – “Play in the mud kitchen”

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Aug 192016
 

We will be starting our Woodland Explorers next week, the Red and Purple group will be the first to remain outdoors all week.

All children should come dressed appropriately for the weather. 

It would be appreciated if you could leave a spare pair of wellies labelled with your children’s name in the family centre at all times.

 

Aug 172016
 

The staff team at Madras Family Centre would like to welcome all of our returning and new children.

We hope that you had a pleasant and relaxing summer and look forward to working alongside you.

Please see attached below a handy hint letter for all new children starting;

 

New Start Notice

 

Aug 152016
 

We look forward to welcoming all our new children on their start dates.

On your child’s first day they should arrive at nursery at either 9.30am or 13.30pm (depending on their session).  Parents should remain with their child on this day, this visit will last one hour.

On their second day children will arrive at their normal time dependent on the provision they have chosen (see key worker if unsure).  This visit will last approximately 1 1/2 hours and parents may leave, in consultation with keyworker.  If your child has settled well on the third day they will start and finish at their normal session times.  If your child is taking longer to settle, your key worker will speak to you regarding progressing this.

Jun 232016
 

Madras Family Centre will close to term time children on Friday, 24th June.  We will return as normal on Monday, 15th August 2016.

During the summer the centre will remain open for children who have opted for holiday provision.

We will also be running two parenting groups throughout the summer, PoPP – Incredible Years which is a 14 week group running every Thursday until October and Let’s Play which will run for three days.  If these are of interest to you please speak to Mrs Armstrong for more information.

All the staff at Madras Family Centre wish you a very happy summer holiday (with lots of sun and fun) and we look forward to seeing you in the new term.

Jun 152016
 

 

Graduation will take place on Friday, 17th June 2016 with arrangements as follows;

AM Session

09:15am                      Parents to drop off at St Thomas Church Hall

10:00am                      Doors will open to guests

10:15am Sharp           Graduation will start

PM Session

13:00pm                      Parents to drop off at St Thomas Church Hall

13:30pm                      Doors will open to guests

13:45pm Sharp           Graduation will start

Children may be collected by an appropriate adult immediately after the ceremony is finished.

Picture Panda will also be selling pre-school graduation photos – both individual and Class of 2016 on the day.

Jun 142016
 

Throughout the year the children have been encouraged and supported to recognise how to be healthy and to use healthy practises where possible.  These have included hand washing, tooth brushing and healthy snacks.

During discussions with the children about being healthy a few of them suggested that we have smoothies for our snack as these can “be good for us”!  To prepare for making our smoothies several children wrote and drew lists of ingredients they wished to use and described how we would make our smoothies.

The suggestions made by the children regarding ingredients were followed and the next day we used these to make our very own smoothies!  The children were able to express their likes and dislikes about the smoothies, they were highly involved in the process and also demonstrated understanding about being healthy e.g. they are aware that too much sugar can “make your teeth rot” and “make your tummy sick”.

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Jun 102016
 

All rooms have been involved in planning and creating their very own decorative wheelbarrow, our theme that we chose for this was ‘Peppa Pig and Miss Rabbit Visit The Queen’.  The children have worked very hard to make sure it looks great!

This competition has been organised by the National Trust for Scotland in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday and all twenty one entries will be on display this weekend, Saturday, 11th and Sunday 12th June at Greenbank Garden Centre, Clarkston before being judged to decide who will win the coveted trophy for a year.

We would be grateful if you could go along this weekend and vote for us.

Here are some pictures of our finished wheelbarrow!

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May 262016
 

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Let’s Play Madras would love you to join them to share some learning, laughter and family time.

This will take place on Tuesday, 12th, Wednesday, 13th and Thursday, 14th July 2016 from 9.30am until 11.30am (attendance required at all three sessions).

These sessions will incorporate a one hour workshop for parents and one hour of fun filled play with your child.

This will be a great opportunity to share ideas, chat over challenges and discover why play is so important in the life of your child.

For more information please see Mrs Armstrong. (Places are limited).

May 232016
 

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We will be closed on Friday, 27th and Monday, 30th May for May weekend and Tuesday, 31st May for an In Service Day. 

The family centre will reopen on Wednesday, 1st June as normal. 

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